Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 9th Sep 2011 15:17 UTC
Windows More news on Windows 8. This time around, Gabe Aul, a director of program management in Windows, blogged about the changes Microsoft has made to Windows 8's boot process. The results are impressive - a boot time not much slower than waking from sleep on current Windows 7 and Mac OS X machines. This is, of course, a vital component of getting Windows NT ready for tablets.
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RE[3]: Comment by krreagan
by lemur2 on Mon 12th Sep 2011 23:07 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by krreagan"
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"Frequent reboot"? Maybe once a month if there is an OS level update every month. The last time I had to reboot Windows 7 for a non-update reason was when my antivirus's web scanner got wedged and wouldn't let me load pages. It did bluescreen maybe two months ago because of the ATI video drivers. What frequent reboots are you expecting Windows 8 to require?

I have a under-powered netbook called an Acer Aspire One 522, which has only a 1GHz 64bit dual-core CPU with Radeon HD 6250 graphics and a high-resolution 1280 x 720 pixel display.

I have set up this machine to dual-boot Windows 7 (which it came with) and Kubuntu 11.04 (which is my self-installed value-enhancer). Only very occasionally do I bother to boot Windows 7, because it takes soooooo long.

Anyway, the time before last when I had booted Windows 7, the machine advised that updates were available, and recognising that updates on Windows 7 are absolutely crucial to the continued good functioning of the machine, I allowed them to proceed when I shut down the machine. It took ages to shut down, so I had assumed the machine had installed the updates. Silly me.

When I next booted the machine, the updates that were only queued did actually install. I waited, waited and waited for the machine to start, all the while it was telling me ... "Do not turn off this machine" or similar message. It took well over an hour, and no less than three re-boots, before I could begin to use the desktop.

Well over an hour to boot, and three reboots required in only two Windows login sessions ... that has GOT to be some kind of record doesn't it?

Meanwhile, on the exact same machine, the maximum time to boot Kubuntu 11.04 has been about 15 seconds.

Edited 2011-09-12 23:09 UTC

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